Chickenhawk Foreign Policy And The "Thin Green Line"
For those of us who hear Bush repeatedly say we will stay in Iraq as long as it takes, I give you this:
Stretched by frequent troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has become a “thin green line” that could snap unless relief comes soon, according to a study for the Pentagon.
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon’s decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.
As evidence, Krepinevich points to the Army’s 2005 recruiting slump — missing its recruiting goal for the first time since 1999 — and its decision to offer much bigger enlistment bonuses and other incentives.
He wrote that the Army is “in a race against time” to adjust to the demands of war “or risk ‘breaking’ the force in the form of a catastrophic decline” in recruitment and re-enlistment.
So no one should wonder why Iran doesn’t take any threat from this country seriously. A day after more soldiers died in Iraq, Muqtada al Sadr in Iraq said that Iraqis would come to the defense of Iran in the event of an attack, thereby ensuring that our fighting men and women would be 130,000 targets inside of a country that we supposedly liberated and that would welcome us as such.
We have broken Iraq, and we find ourselves with an Army stretched way too thin by two combat-dodgers who couldn’t bother themselves to go to Vietnam. Yet, we could have pursued a different course with Iran four years ago that would have reaped different results in the region than those we face now. It is inconvenient for Bush, Cheney, and their Kool-Aid drinkers to acknowledge that in the days after 9/11, both Iran and Iraq were not allies of Al Qaeda, and both could have been approached to help us hunt down Al Qaeda and act as bulwarks in the region against them.
But no, instead Mr. Alabama Barstool and Mr. "Five Deferments" tagged both of them as members of the "Axis of Evil", while Bush walked hand in hand with the country that bankrolled the madrassas and sent 15 of the 19 September 11th murderers to Bin Laden, and while he called the man who sheltered A. Q. Khan his best new friend in the war against terror. As a result, Bin Laden, al Zawahiri, and Zarqawi have yet to be tracked down and killed by our forces after multiple chances to do so. And the Thin Green Line is paying the price every day for the ineptitude and negligence of Mr. Alabama Barstool and Mr. Five Deferments.